2004, shortly after the U.S. presidential election, Adam Levin wrote a
song as a poetic expression of the political and social climate in the
United States so evident at the time of the election and its
aftermath. It was performed with Wendy Boulding at the Department of Peace
Campaign's New York City rallies in 2005. Then that following August, Hurricane Katrina
devastated the Gulf coast and its people. The federal
government's inadequate preparation and response has been roundly
criticized -- as was its "spin" in the absence of assistance.
Some environmentalists have linked the intensity of such natural
disasters to levy disrepair, forestry removal, and unregulated
industrial emissions and global warming. The earlier song,
entitled Land of the Free
(on Adam and Wendy's CD A Different Page),
seemed to some observers a prophetic, vivid account of the social,
political, and even physical impact of that disaster.